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Missing mum Nicola Bulley was visited by police 17 days before her disappearance

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    Police have said that they visited Nicola Bulley's home just 17 days before she went missing following a "report of concern for welfare".

    A Lancashire Police statement released this evening (Wednesday, February 15) explained the visit came "as a result" of "significant issues with alcohol" Nicola suffered.

    Nicola went missing on January 27 during a riverside dog walk in St Michael's on Wyre in Lancashire.

    The police's "main working hypothesis" remains that she has gone into the River Wyre.

    Tonight's revelation comes after a police press conference earlier today where it was revealed Nicola was considered a high-risk missing person from the start because of a "number of specific vulnerabilities".

    Tonight's statement reads: "Sadly, it is clear from speaking to Paul and the family that Nicola had in the past suffered with some significant issues with alcohol which were brought on by her ongoing struggles with the menopause and that these struggles had resurfaced over recent months. This caused some real challenges for Paul and the family.

    "As a result of those issues, a response car staffed by both police and health professionals attended a report of concern for welfare at Nicola’s home address on January 10th. No one has been arrested in relation to this incident, but it is being investigated.

    "It is an unusual step for us to take to go into this level of detail about someone’s private life, but we felt it was important to clarify what we meant when we talked about vulnerabilities to avoid any further speculation or misinterpretation.

    "We have explained to Nicola’s family why we have released this further information and we would ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

    Earlier today, Det Supt Rebecca Smith said listing Nicola as high-risk was "normal in a missing person investigation with the information we were in possession of".

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